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Former Manchester United Player Anderson Under Investigation for Cryptocurrency Fraud

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Former Man United midfielder Anderson is under investigation in Brazil for money laundering
Former Man United midfielder Anderson is under investigation in Brazil for money laundering / Clive Mason/Getty Images
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Former Manchester United midfielder Anderson is under investigation over his role in a scheme to launder £4.7million through cryptocurrencies in Brazil.

Anderson spent seven years with the Red Devils, scoring a penalty in their epic 2008 Champions League final shootout win over Chelsea. He retired from football in 2020 after spending two years with Turkish side Adana Demirspor.

The 33-year-old has been named as one of eight people under investigation by a state prosecutor in a scheme designed to divert 35 million Brazilian reals (£4.7m) from the state stock exchange and launder money using cryptocurrencies, according to Brazilian newspaper, Globo Esporte.

Anderson, meanwhile, has denied any wrongdoing in the matter and will seek to clear his name. "We have not been subpoenaed, it is hard to talk right now," the former player's lawyer Julio Cezar Coitinho Junior explained to Globo.

"There is an investigation underway, Anderson has said he is aware. But Anderson is going to prove that he was a victim, not an accomplice. That is his position."

ESPN Brazil add that a group, which Anderson is allegedly a part of, broke into Santander’s bank system and stole R$35m (£5.5m) from metallurgical engineering company Gerdau.

The former footballer is part-owner of a company that negotiates the movement of cryptocurrencies, and is currently in Turkey and will be arrested if he leaves the country.

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